Substance Use Disorder Linked to Covid-19 Susceptibility

A recent National Institute of Health (NIH) study revealed some stark news. People with substance use disorder are more susceptible to Covid-19 and more likely to be hospitalized or die from it.

The study analyzed non-identifiable health records of patients in the United States and found that the hospitalization rate for people with substance use disorder (SUD) was 41 percent as compared with 30 percent of those without it.  The death rate was 9.6 percent for people with substance use disorder and 6.6 percent for those without.

There are many factors that make those with SUD more at risk for Covid-19. Often times the individuals’ lungs and cardiovascular system are compromised. People with SUD don’t have as readily available access to health care, and the increased isolation can also be taking a toll as well.

During these trying times it is more important than ever that we make people aware of the dangers of opioid addiction and substance misuse. At the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ), we are committed to helping families in New Jersey stay safe and live a lifestyle free of drugs and alcohol abuse. Please visit our website to learn more about our free prevention initiatives, and let us know if we can help.

Continued wishes to stay safe and well.

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